From Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers to Cory Spangenberg of the Padres, here is a ranking of the best active player drafted by every MLB team.
With the 2016 MLB draft in the books, now is a good time to identify the best players on each major league roster who were drafted and developed by their current team. The idea here is to give a sense of what kind of impact a draft pick can have as well as how successful each team has been in identifying and obtaining elite talent in the draft.
Below is a 1–30 ranking of those players The vast majority of teams have succeeded in drafting and developing at least one player who could be considered a face of the franchise. This list is thick with Rookies of the Year, Most Valuable Players and those who have played central roles in helping their teams reach the postseason. It is also very hitter-heavy, reinforcing the relative safety of drafting position players—another of whom, outfielder Mickey Moniak, went No. 1 to the Phillies this year.
The rankings below are subjective, based on a combination of past accomplishments, potential contributions and pure talent. More weight was given to past contributions than future projections, and for the most part, the pick for each franchise was fairly easy to make. The rankings are intended more to provide a sense of the range of talent, not necessarily to argue that the player ranked No. 8, for instance, is clearly better than the one ranked No. 9. Perhaps the best example of that comes in the top two spots on the list. It’s not important which of those two players is ranked higher; what is important is that they represent the high end of what can be acquired via the draft—as good a player as you can possibly imagine.